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Gathering Blue
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
The Giver
Child of Grace
The Silent Girl: A Novel
The One Who Waits for Me
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
The Blind in Darkness
Haunted Kids: True Ghost Stories (Haunted Kids)
Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: The Healing Spell

The Healing Spell
by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Quote: " Maybe she's got a cure. Some sort of sleeping-sickness herb." ~ Livie pg. 151

started: March 22, 2012
Finished: March 25, 2012

From the cover:
Eleven-year-old Livie is keeping a secret, and it's crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother's coma, but she can't tell anyone. And it's up to her to find a way to wake her mamma before anyone uncovers the truth of what really happened.
  Added to the list of Livie's problems are being stuck in the middle of three sisters, trying to hide a forbidden pet alligator, and possibly disappointing her daddy, whom she loves more than anyone else. Livie feels like an outsider and prefers the solitude of the wild bayou to her ever-crowded home. But she can't run away from her troubles, and as she struggles to find her place within her family, Livie learns a lot about the powers of faith and redemption. Is her heart big enough to heal her mamma and bring her family back together?

My Review:
 This was a great little book. It had a few really good lessons for anyone, especially young girls trying to make sense of this crazy world. For all those girls that feel alone or like," these things are only happening to them". Through Livie's journey we find she isn't so different from many of us at that age. She is scared, confused, self-blaming and feels like she'll never fit in. Yes, she has a secret that is breaking her heart. Rather than share it with family(whom she feels already hate her), she hides it. The guilt and confusion only build. She searches for an answer through a "traiteur" deep in the bayou. The "cure" she is given was not something brewed or bottled for sale. Livie learns that in order to heal her mamma, herself and her family, it will take a much bigger power than that!
What a wonderful little book!!!

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